Haunted Travel Destinations

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Apple Vacations offers travelers more than 40 destinations, all with their own colorful legends and histories. For those wanting to explore the chilling and mysterious side of these destinations, here are some haunted travel options courtesy of Apple Vacations:

Rose Hall Great House

Rose Hall Great House, Jamaica

Perhaps the most famous haunted destination in the Caribbean is the Rose Hall Great House in Jamaica. This landmark Georgian mansion sits high on a hill in Montego Bay with sweeping views of the ocean. In the early 1800s, it was owned by Annie Palmer, whose three husbands died suspiciously. Countless slaves also met their death due to her torture. The locals called her The White Witch due to her voodoo practices. Today, Annie, who was killed in her bed in a slave uprising in the 1830s, has been seen walking the halls of the Great House. Learn all about Annie during Apple Vacations’ Bewitched Tour, as guides tell the chilling stories by candlelight.

Iolani Palace, Honolulu, HI

Iolani Palace, Honolulu, HI

The Hawaiian island of Oahu is a well-known hot spot for supernatural activity. For over 15 years, Oahu Ghost Tours has operated creepy and haunted guided tours across the island. Explore the ancient stories of the Hawaiian history and culture, the ghostly side of downtown Honolulu, and ceremonial events at native sites. Be sure to bring a camera! Many guests have observed unexplained orbs and events at these sites.

The original Pirates of the Caribbean

The original Pirates of the Caribbean

While Nassau, Bahamas might be known for modern hotels and colorful casinos, you can learn all about its pirate history on the Historic Tour of Nassau City. Perhaps the most notorious pirate was Blackbeard, who would terrorize sailors on the Atlantic and Caribbean in the 1700s. Nassau was a famous pirate hideout during this time, and it’s said that Blackbeard himself haunts the Old Fort of Nassau.

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Plaza de Catredal, Havana, Cuba

Step back in time and visit the historic Plaza de la Catedral in Old Havana, Cuba. Witnesses have reported seeing a nun on the roof of the Cathedral. At times, she floats off the roof onto the streets of the Plaza and walks toward bystanders only to disappear as she gets closer.

Between the real pirates of the Caribbean, the mighty, but violent, legacies of the Aztec and Mayan Indians, and the ancient stories of native Hawaiians, Apple Vacations’ portfolio is full of locations with mystical and/or spooky tales. Book your vacation package today!

THE PARTY PACK Celebrate In Style

By: Stylist Melissa Lynn
The holidays can be full of beautiful surprises, especially when traveling to new places with new adventures scheduled.

But, not all celebrations can go as planned. Fortunately, there are essentials you can prepare to ring in the new year with success. Pack these stylish wear-anywhere items for wherever this season’s’ festivities take you. From ugly sweaters to sequins and sparkles, you’ll be ready-set to keep the spirit bright in front of the fire or laying beachside…

A Casual Chic Christmas…

CasualChic XMAS- B1Party Place: The May Fair London
Items Links: Replay Blazer | TumiTegra Lite | Kate Spade Keds | NIKE Air Max | Sakroots Travel Case | Classic Flannel Set | Hobo Abrielle | Sequin Uggs

Mix/Match and be Merry
MM Merry, B2Party Place: Riu Plaza Panama
Items Links: Eliza J Skirt | Roxie Ankle-Tie Pumps | Minimercengy | Alexis Leona Dress | Carlene Bow Pumps | NARS Jungle Red | Gabi Dress | Atelje Jask Sandal | Pointsettia Drops Earrings

Winter by the Waves

Screen Shot 2015-12-18 at 3.35.41 PMParty Place: Melia Nassau Beach
Item Links: Linen and Sequin Tote | Le Specs | Petalo by M. Gemi | Snake Print Maxi | Gigi Burris Hat | River Island Wrap Suit | Beats Wireless | Sonix Bahamas Phone Case

Stylist Melissa Lynn has more than 15+ years in the industry with a degree in Merchandise Marketing from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. SML has styled television appearances and music videos, viral and print advertising campaigns, red carpets, editorial shoots + look books.

Her work has been featured on major television shows and publications like Cosmopolitan, Dazed Magazine, LA Times, MTV and she contributes expert opinion for fashion news leaders such as Luxury Daily and TheHauteMess.com.

72 Hour Sale: Yes, you CAN  … CUN!  

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Secrets the Vine Cancun

Calling all procrastinators and those of you who just love a last-minute deal!

Apple Vacations is launching a 3-Day Sale TODAY. WOW – The rates are amazing, especially if you can travel in June. Cancun and Riviera Maya really have some hot, hot deals. But don’t worry, Punta Cana, Aruba, Curacao, Cozumel, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Nassau, Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos, Ixtapa, Huatulco, and St. Thomas are also all included!

Book: 6/9/15 – 6/11/15
Travel: 6/10/15 – 9/30/15

Just imagine: You can be sitting with your toes in the sand, gazing at the sea, under a palapa, with a frosty beverage this month.

So, who’s in?

If you are, contact your favorite travel agent or Click here to pick out your Apple Vacation! That’s right – Click, Book, GO!

Weddings Complimentary* – Breezes Resort Bahamas

Miles away from everyday life, but only minutes from the airport, the Super-Inclusive Breezes Resort Bahamas is located on a breathtaking stretch of the powder white sands of Cable Beach. Crystal clear waters gently lap the shore as everyday worries drift away. Just a short stroll along the beach takes you to the excitement of Nassau’s glittering casinos and bustling nightlife. Located just five miles from downtown and within walking distance of the Crystal Palace Casino, this high energy resort accommodates guests 14 and older.

Breezes Bahamas

Breezes Resort Bahamas features casual, energetic fun all day and all night. Grab a bite anytime at the 24-hour Snack Attack. Test your skill on the flying trapeze at the Circus School or grab awindsurf board and set sail on an unforgettable journey across the magnificent crystal waters. Challenge yourself by scaling the daring rock climbing wall and enjoy some incredible views from 30 feet high! Be sure to get out there and snorkel right off the shore where the beautiful Bahamian water boasts visibility up to 100 feet down. Then get a massage or a rejuvenating body treatment at the full service Blue Mahoe Spa and rest up because when the sun goes down, things heat up!

Every night is an extravaganza of fun with Reggae Dance Contests, comedy night, a live cabaret, oldies night, toga night, and a pajama party. Swing by the piano bar for laid-back entertainment or show off your singing at karaoke.

At Breezes Resort Bahamas, it’s almost impossible to be hungry or thirsty. Premium cocktails and exotic tropical concoctions flow endlessly from bars located throughout the grounds. And there’s always a quick snack sizzling on the outdoor grills. The buffets abound with tropical surprises and traditional favorites. Or make reservations for an unforgettable evening at one of the casually elegant restaurants. Dinner is also served in casual elegance at Martino’s Italian Restaurant. Or indulge at the romantic Garden of Eden, where you’ll experience a five course meal set in a tropical garden. Snacks are available throughout the day at The Pool Grill. Try everything, and feel free to come back for more. It’s all included.

Weddings at Breezes Bahamas

Weddings at Breezes Bahamas

Thinking about a destination wedding? You’re in luck! Free Weddings in Bahamas

A Dream Wedding Planner, wise in the ways of love and master in the art of matrimonial bliss, will attend to every detail of your Dream Wedding. And just like virtually everything else at Breezes, it’s included.

Endless Love Wedding Package >

Selling Price: Complimentary!

Package Inclusions*:

  • Personal pre-planning consultant
  • Dream Wedding Planner
  • Minster or marriage official
  • Music
  • Organza draped wedding location in aqua, navy and blue
  • 2 tall glass vases with sand, blue glass pebbles and white shell decor
  • Navy chair sashes
  • Bridal bouquet & boutonniere
  • Classic wedding cake
  • Sparkling wine for the reception
  • Navy reception table covers and navy chair sashes
  • 2 glass vase centerpieces with sand, blue glass pebbles, candle and white shell accents
  • Blue and white paper lanterns
  • Marriage license
  • Framed 5×7 photo
  • 4 ceremony passes
  • Online bridal registry website
  • Just married T-shirts

*Government & administrative fees are not included. Ask your Dream Wedding Planner about dinner menus, hors d’oeuvres, wine, open bar, additional flower arrangements, decor and more. All available at an additional charge.. Table setting with cake and sparkling wine (or Champagne if included) for the bridal couple and up to ten guests. ❖Replaces item from preceding package.

 

Happy Fourth of July from Apple Vacations!

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Oahu – Hawaii

Happy Fourth of July & It is #tbt (Throw Back Thursday). So I am re-posting my blog from last year featuring vacations that are Made In The U.S.A.
Enjoy!

I was in Macy’s this winter and a man came up to me and said “point me to the direction of clothes only made in the U.S.A,” that’s all he wanted to buy. The same applies to vacations. Some people want to keep their spending within the U.S. Others simply don’t have the funds for a vacation AND a passport.

I love traveling all over the globe, but for those who want to focus on travel within our beautiful country, this blog is for you. There are a variety of destinations Apple Vacations offers that are within the U.S. that I want to highlight. Imagine the fireworks, cook out’s and celebrations these destinations have to offer!

First up, is one of our most popular destinations and our 50th state – Hawaii. In Hawaii you can relax on just one island, or take a multi-island vacation and discover the unique characteristics of each. There is a perfect Apple Vacation for singles, couples, families, spa vacations, golf vacations and even girls getaways. Apple Vacations offers over 150 of the best hotels and condos on six islands to suit every preference and budget. Look to our Hawaii micro site to find the resort for you.

Hawaii is on my travel list! I can’t wait to go. I keep a book of the articles I read on Hawaii with the places I want to visit, hotels I want to stay at, islands I want to explore, food I want to try, and excursions I want to do. When I am ready to book, I’ll have it all ready.

Puerto Rico is another great choice. Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States, citizens of the U.S. are not required to carry a passport to enter Puerto Rico. When I was young, I remember my dad taking off each winter for a golf vacation to San Juan with his friends. It always sounded so amazing and exotic. After all, the island is known asthe island of enchantment”. Puerto Rico features world class resorts, championship golf, 300 miles of shoreline, fabulous shops, exciting nightclubs and casinos. The Latin flare in Puerto Rico inspires amazing cuisine as well.

“No Passport Required” is the slogan for the U.S. Virgin Islands. Apple Vacations offers Saint Croix, Saint John, and Saint Thomas. The U.S. Virgin Islands offer pristine beaches, warm weather, and crystal-clear waters. They are also culturally diverse as residents are literally from everywhere including Africa, England, Holland, Denmark, Spain, France, India and the United States. Visit St. Thomas’ Charlotte Amalie, the capital of the U.S.Virgin Islands and home to one of the most beautiful harbors in the world. The most visited port in the Caribbean, Charlotte Amalie is known as the shopping mecca of the Caribbean with its winding streets of world-class duty free shops. St. Croix Turtle Beach on Buck’s west end has been voted one of the world’s most beautiful beaches by National Geographic. For a more laid-back vacation, bask in the mesmerizing natural beauty of St. John, the smallest of the U.S. Virgin Islands and a short ferry ride from St. Thomas. Two thirds of St. John is designated as a National Park, featuring spectacular trails, secluded coves and dazzling white beaches.

Last but not least, if the beach is not for you, head for the mountains. Apple Vacations offers ski & mountain vacations in 7 regions in 2 countries. Find the perfect one for you here.

Happy 4th of July to everyone!

Playing around Paradise Island, Part 2

 

Atlantis is not just a hotel, but an entire vacation destination! It’s larger than life! As dramatically fanciful as it is magnificent in scope and concept, the legendary Atlantis, Paradise Island offers a resort experience of mythical proportions.

 

Here are my Tips for what to do and see while staying at Atlantis, Paradise Island:

  • You can explore the lost ruins of The Dig, a journey into the world of the ancient Atlanteans, complete with an elaborate maze of corridors through underground ruins teeming with a stunning civilization of sea creatures.
  • Or experience the world’s largest marine habitat, second only to Mother Nature, with over 50,000 sea animals spread throughout 11 exhibit lagoons.
  • Then wander the amazing 63 acre waterscape, where you can climb a 6-story Mayan Temple, only to come splashing back down on a choice of five thrilling water slides.
  • Or immerse yourself in Aquaventure, a thrilling water attraction, featuring four exhilarating waterslides and a one mile rapid river experience.
  • There are 20 swimming areas to enjoy, drift down the lazy river ride, or investigate the secrets of the 7-acre snorkeling lagoon.
  • Discover endless action in the entertainment complex, featuring a 50,000 sq. ft. casino, innovatively designed with brilliant glass sculptures and panoramic windows overlooking the waterscape and marina.
  • And for kids, there’s Atlantis Kid’s Club providing children ages 3-12 a fun way to discover the mysteries of Atlantis while making new friends.

Combine all this with a full service spa, a sports center, marina, haute couture shopping and a vast array of restaurants and lounges and you’ll soon discover why Atlantis is not just a hotel, but an entire vacation destination!

 

Interested in going? Here are my quick reviews of the separate sections of the Atlantis Resort:

  • Atlantis Paradise IslandThis is the original section of the Atlantis resort. This section contains the Royal Towers with 1200 rooms and the “bridge suite” that connects the two towers. Overall, there are 21 restaurants, 19 bars and lounges, 20 swimming areas consisting of pools, lagoons and water park areas. Six lit tennis courts, a fitness center with yoga and Pilates, a kids club, a teen’s club and the largest casino in the Caribbean.
  • Atlantis Beach Tower – Each room has either 1 king bed or two double beds. All rooms have full balconies. This is The Atlantis’s most economical section and, it is the only tower that is directly on the beach.
  • The Cove Atlantis – 600 suites, and all of them are ocean view. All suites have a separate step – down sitting area. The cove is very upscale, modern and chic. They have pool side cabanas with concierge service available for an additional fee.
  • The Reef Atlantis – 495 units, many of these units are privately owned and the Atlantis rents them out. Each unit has a kitchen area. The Reef and The Cove are the newest sections of The Atlantis and they are not connected however, they are next to each other.
  • Harborside Resort Atlantis – This is primarily a time share property however, rooms are available to book. There are 7 buildings with a total of 392 rooms. There are rooms that will sleep up to 10 people. All buildings have elevators. There are over 30 handicap accessible rooms and a handicap accessible shuttle to the Atlantis main towers. This resort is on the harbor side of the island, not the ocean side.

 

Playing around Paradise Island – Part 1

Photo Credit: Apple Vacations – Nassau, Paradise Island, Bahamas

Paradise Island is just that – Paradise.

It’s 685 acres of pure bliss connected to Nassau by two 600-foot bridges. The island was developed almost exclusively to accommodate visitors, with resorts, hotels, restaurants, shops, a golf course, an aquarium, and a casino rounding out the amenities. 

In the upcoming blog series, “Playing around Paradise Island”, I’ll be giving you my own reviews of all the wonderful things I got to do and see in Nassau, Paradise Island, Bahamas. From intimate getaways to world class resorts, Paradise Island has something for everyone. So, sit back, relax and take a few minutes to discover Nassau Paradise Island, Bahamas.

Photo Credit: Apple Vacations – Lighthouse on Paradise Island a.k.a. Hog Island Lighthouse, constructed 1817 at the western tip of the island.

Fun Fact – Did you know Paradise Island was originally known as “Hog Island.” 

The first hotel we visited was Paradise Island Harbour Resort. It’s one of the few all-inclusive resorts on Paradise Island and it overlooks the beautiful Nassau Harbour. The casino at the Atlantis Resort is just a short walk away if you have the need for a little night life. This property is perfect for families and couples searching for an affordable Inclusive vacation. There is plenty of fun to keep everyone busy on this property. There’s even a private white sand beach on property, perfect for fun in the sun and relaxation.

Next stop was RIU Palace. I thought that this RIU Palace was smaller than the typical RIU Palace Resorts in other areas. It’s very upscale, yet casually comfortable. The resort features one pool, one buffet restaurant, and some amazing a la carte restaurants for dinning. The food quality is GREAT! No surprise, it’s located on a picture-perfect, white-sand beach just a short walk from the Atlantis Casino, the RIU Palace Paradise Island is a true oasis with a distinct Bahamian flair.

So what do you think so far?

Stay tuned for part 2 of “Playing around Paradise Island”, as I discover everything Atlantis on Paradise Island.

Photo Credit: Apple Vacations – Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island